Alma Adams Hosts Counter Event During WH HBCU Conference

Last week, HBCU Caucus Co-Chair Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC) called on the White House to postpone the annual HBCU conference which takes place September 17th-19th in DC. But, despite HBCU presidents pulling out to protest Donald Trump’s Charlottesville remarks, the WH has decided to move ahead with the conference anyway. On Tuesday, Adams criticized the decision, saying the administration has done nothing to help HBCUs since the Oval Office photo-op in February. "It would be more productive to hear from the President directly or from his Secretary of Education about what progress they are making on the HBCUs' request before asking Presidents to come back to Washington for another photo-op,” the congresswoman said in a statement. The congresswoman says she will instead host her own HBCU event during the CBC Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference. “Despite the ongoing drama and unnecessary distractions of the President's own making, we plan to move forward with opportunities for HBCU leaders to engage in substantive dialogues that put our schools and students first." Read her original statement requesting the conference be postponed here.

Brenda Arredondo